The COVID-19 pandemic can have a significant impact on mental health.
Help in Tough Times provides complete information from Alberta Health Services.
If you need to talk, call the 24-hour help line:
- Mental Health Help Line at 1.877.303.2642
- Addiction Help Line at 1.866.332.2322
- Kids Help Phone at 1.800.668.6868
In the Calgary Health Zone you can also call:
- the Distress Center at 403.266.4357
Airdrie Mental Health Resources
- Urgent mental health care is available at Airdrie Urgent Care Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- For information and resources specific to addiction and mental health, please contact Access Mental Health at 403.943.1500.
- Mental health professionals (for more information on counselling services, visit HelpSeeker)
- Your family physician
Alberta Health Services has also launched a free, text-based service called Text4Hope. By texting COVID19Hope to 393939, you will receive daily text messages on healthy thinking or actions to improve your mood.
Are you concerned about the well-being of a loved one? Here are some changes in behaviour that may indicate someone may need additional help and support.
- Change in presentation (went from being outgoing to depressed or angry)
- Change in sleep patterns
- Are they isolating more now?
- Loss of interest in activities
- Increase in drugs and/or alcohol use
- Sense of hopelessness
HelpGuide.org is also an excellent resource on mental health and wellness in additional to reaching out to the number listed at the top of this page.
More options are opening up for our residents, but there are still guidelines in place to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Ask yourself and others ‘how are you feeling’ and really listen to the answer. As we are faced with a time of uncertainty, it’s easy for worrying to take over your thoughts. The Mayo Clinic outlines a simple ‘grounding technique’ that may help reduce anxiety
As always, if things get too overwhelming to handle on your own, we encourage you to reach out for help using the resources listed at the top of this page.
We know that a lot of families are feeling stir crazy with kids being kept at home and running out of activities to do. Here are some resources to check out if you're looking for ideas to keep yourself and your kids busy.
Active for Life features articles and activities that may provide new things for you and your family to try at home. It also provides some insight for parents on topics such as anxiety, parenting though a pandemic and more.
Each week, Genesis place posts various activities, workouts, recipes and inspiration that you may find useful in your household.
Although there are no performances happening at this time, BCLT is providing content to engage audiences from a distance.
Good Housekeeping recently shared an article outlining various virtual tours of museums, zoos and theme parks that your kids can visit from the comfort of their own home.
It’s easy to lose track of time and days. We encourage you to pick up the phone and call a family member or friend. You may surprise yourself on how great you feel after the phone call. If you have Skype, FaceTime or another video call program – even better. If you don’t have anyone to call at the moment but you’d like to talk with someone please the numbers listed above are always available to you.